The greatest genocide during World
War II, in proportion to a nation's population, took place,
not in Nazi Germany but in the Nazi-created puppet state
of Croatia. There, in the years
1941-1945, some 750,000 Serbs, 60,000 Jews and 26,000 Gypsies
- men, women and children - perished in a gigantic holocaust.
These are the figures used by most foreign authors, especially
Germans, who were in the best position to know...
The magnitude and the bestial
nature of these atrocities makes it difficult to believe that
such a thing could have happened in an allegedly civilized
part of the world.
Professor Edmond Paris,
"Genocide in Satellite Croatia, 1941- 1945,"
Chicago, 1961, The American Institute for Balkan Affairs,
from the introduction of the book.
On June 6, 1941 [Croatian Nazi fuhrer]
Pavelic was received by Hitler in Berchtesgaden...
Pavelic was quoted as saying: "Croatia gives
its full adherence to the principles and reasons which inspire a united
front for creation of a new [Nazi] order in the European and Asiatic World.
Croatia's induction into the military alliance of
the Axis powers had immediate effect on its Jewish problem." Dr. Ante
Pavelic announced that it would be solved "in a radical way under
the German order." Also ordered by Hitler to put a "river
of blood" between the Serbian and
"CURRENT BIOGRAPHY, Who's News and Why,"
Book for the Year 1942, entry "Pavelic Ante", pp 651-653
H.W. Wilson Company, New York, N.Y. 1942
The real ruler [of W.W.II Croatia]
was Ante Pavelich, a zealous Croatian nationalist and fanatical hater
of Serbs... Pavelich lead a terrorist group called the Ustashi in
a brutal campaign against Jews and Serbs in Croatia.
"A good Ustashi," he told his men, "is he
who can use his knife to cut a child from the womb of its mother."
According to an Italian correspondent, Pavelich
once put a wicker basket on his desk - filled with 40 pounds of eyes
gourged from victims of the Ustashi.
Ronald H. Bailey,
"Partisans and Guerillas, W.W.II,"
Time-Life Books, Edition 1978, page 87.
Nonpartisan sources agree that mass
genocide was authorized by the state of Croatia. They concur that the
state instigated, planned, and executed massacres against the Serbian
Orthodox minority... and that the Catholic clergy
approved, led, or failed to denounce these massacres.
Professor Helen Fein,
"Accounting for Genocide - Victims and Survivors of the Holocaust"
The Free Press, New York, Edition 1979, page 103